Last December 3, the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) announced that informal peace negotiations have started, and that formal peace talks are to resume on February in Oslo, Norway. To show the sincerity and goodwill of both sides in
(My first article for blogwatch.ph)
Given the grim human rights situation under the preceding administration, it was demanded of president Noynoy Aquino to make an immediate and categorical denouncement of extra-judicial killings, enforced disappearances, human rights violations and a scrapping of Marcos-type policies implemented by Gloria Arroyo.
Aquino could have prevented the gruesome murder of Bayan Muna member and town councilor Fernando Baldomero last July 5. The incident when a father was shot dead in front of his 12 year-old child could not have happened if the president chose to take concrete steps over rhetoric and tokenism, and swift action over indecision.
He could have, for instance, included in his inauguration speech a strong statement condemning extrajudicial killings and disappearances, committing fully to uphold human rights and punish perpetrators of killings and dissappearances. (An activist noted that Aquino did not mention the words “human rights” in his speech.)